July 17, 2009
Today on our last day of our Guatemala trip we woke up around 6:30 and had a great devotion from Tom Marcum, followed by a great breakfast made up of pancakes and bacon. Today we divided into two groups; one group went to visit the Mayan ruins, the other climbed the Pacaya volcano. The group that went to the Mayan ruins had Pastor Mike, from the Iglesias Del Camino, as their guide. We saw the great pyramids and saw many of the old architecture of the Mayan culture. While there, we saw a Mayan ceremony where they blessed their buses by sacrificing a goat to please their god. After the Mayan excursion we went to a wonderful restaurant where we were served meat of all sorts including sausage, chicken, pork, and beef on a grilling plate. We also had freshly handmade tortillas with assorted vegetables including grilled scallions, tomatoes, beans, onions, and guacamole. After the restaurant we went back to the hotel and everyone went shopping. The second group went to an active volcano. At the volcano they climbed a steep and rigid path. They climbed up a hill that was about 60 to 70 degree incline with slippery rocks, and hot lava. At the top of the volcano they witnessed spewing lava. The guide got about 3 feet off the active lava and stuck Mr. Ron’s walking stick which caught on fire and the stick actually lost a foot and a half in length. Some even got to keep a piece of fresh lava. On the way down they were able to ski down the volcano, on the loose gravel and some even leaving scratches and battle scars. After the trips everyone enjoyed a nice hot day of shopping, haggling and relaxing. And I love Ron Gunter he is my favorite :). Signing off Robert Bala II.